Sunday Morning Sermon Notes

THE BLESSED HOPE—-THE FIRST RESURRECTION

1 Corinthians [15:50]-58 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 ¶ Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 ¶ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

A WORD OF ENLIGHTENMENT 50

A WORD OF EXCITEMENT 51-57

A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT 58

1 Corinthians [15:19]-22 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20 ¶ But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

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John [5:28]-29
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Those who die in Christ will immediately be in His presence while they expectantly await the resurrection which will occur at His return. Jesus Christ is the hope and treasure of Christians, and it is our deepest desire to be with Him. Whether this is accomplished with His return or our death, we long […]

GEOFF ASHLEY | AUG 28, 2009

 

THE SPIRIT BODY OF OUR LORD
1 Peter [3:18]-19
¶ For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

All of this is to say that the Bible isn’t entirely clear what exactly Christ did for the three days between His death and resurrection. From what we can tell, though, He did two things: He comforted the departed saints and brought them to their eternal home, and He proclaimed His victory over the fallen angels who are kept in prison. What we can know for sure is that Jesus was not giving anyone a second chance for salvation; we face judgment after death (Hebrews [9:27]), not a second chance. Also, Jesus was not suffering in hell; His work of redemption was finished on the cross.

Being away from the body and “home with the Lord” is surely preferable to the burdens of this present life and yet it is not the fullness of our hope. Rather such a stage is likened to being “naked.” What Paul is saying here is that man was always created to exist as body and soul and that spiritual existence without a physical body is incomplete, though better than life away from the Lord in this present burdened body. As our bodies lie in the dust of the earth, our spirits in heaven are “unclothed” and our redemption is incomplete. We await something more. The ultimate hope is not merely that we would be “unclothed” by our current body, but rather that we would be “further clothed” by a “heavenly dwelling.” This occurs at the resurrection and is the consummation of our longing. We do not desire an ethereal existence, but rather the reality of bodies and souls united again and dwelling eternally on the new earth in the presence of our great King Who dwells in our midst.

THE RESURRECTED BODY OF OUR LORD Jesus’ resurrected body gives us an idea of what our resurrected bodies will be like.

He had a body of flesh and bone. “Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you.’ But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself! Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have’” (Luke [24:37]–39).

His body could be touched and felt. “Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ He said. They came to Him, clasped His feet and worshipped Him” (Matthew 28:9 NIV). “Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing’” (John [20:27]).

He ate before their eyes.
“While they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, ‘Have you any food here?’” (Luke [24:41]).

He was recognized by the disciples and His followers.
The two disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus at first because “their eyes were restrained,” but once their eyes were opened, they did (Luke [24:13]–35). Mary Magdalene at the Garden Tomb suddenly recognized Jesus by the tone of His voice (John [20:16]).

He appeared in the same body which the nails had been driven into.
“Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side” (John [20:19]–20a). Scripture tells us that when Jesus comes again, He will still bear those marks (see Zechariah [12:10]).

Two future resurrections are described in the Bible. The first resurrection is mentioned in Revelation 20: “This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:5b-6). Those involved in the first resurrection will already be raised to life prior to the 1,000-year reign of Christ called the millennium.

This first resurrection includes those who return to life at the rapture as described in 1 Thessalonians [4:13]-18 (the “dead in Christ” and believers alive at the rapture) as well as the resurrected Christian martyrs from the end of the tribulation period mentioned in Revelation 20:4.

  • It Will Be A Sudden Event – The word “moment” comes from the same word that gives us the            word “atom”.  It refers to “something that is indivisible.”  It speaks of the “smallest amount of    time imaginable.”  The word “twinkling” was used to refer to “the flap of a wing; the buzz of a       gnat; or the twinkling of a star.”  Scientists have estimated that a blink of the eye takes place            in 1/30th of a second.  A twinkle on the eye takes place in 1/10,000th of a second.  In other words,             when Jesus comes, He is coming suddenly!  When He does, He will instantly raise the dead and      instantly change the living.  It will not be a process; it will happen so fast it will be over before we        will even understand that it has begun!

      He will come for His people and He will come unannounced.  His people will be here one moment and the next they will be gone!  It makes no difference whether they are dead in the grave or alive on the earth; all of God’s saved people will be taken away suddenly!  That is why Jesus said, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh,” Matt. [24:44].  It will be sudden!

  • It Will Be A Selective Event– Notice the words “we” and “all”.  To whom do they refer?  The answer is in verse 50.  Paul is speaking to the “brethren.”  When Jesus comes, He is not coming for everyone.  He is only coming for those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for their soul’s salvation.  On those who are saved will go.  Not those who have been baptized; not those who have joined the church; not those who have prayed a prayer; not those who have been good neighbors; Jesus is coming for those who have been “born again”, John 3:3, 7.  If that does not describe you, then I would suggest that you need to make your preparations for His return.  You need to be saved!  You need to get right, or plan to get left, Luke [17:34]-36.  It will be selective!
  • It Will Be A Solemn Event– Those who are left behind in the Rapture will not even realize what has happened.  They will remain in their lost condition and eventually go to Hell without Jesus.  If you have read the “Left Behind” books, you have been led to believe that you can reject Jesus now and have another chance to be saved after the Rapture.  That is not what the Bible teaches, 2 Thes. [2:11]. There will be many saved after the Rapture, but only those who have never heard the Gospel before.  My friend, you do not qualify!

      If you are left, you will enter the Great Tribulation.  You will experience Hell on earth and then you will die and go to Hell for all eternity.  It does not thrill me to tell you that, but it is the truth!  If you have never trusted Jesus, you need to do that today so you can be ready when He returns!  It will be a solemn!

  • It Will Be A Sad Event– Why will it be sad?  Families will be broken forever on that day.  Husbands and wives will be parted.  Parents and children will see one another no more.  Friends will spend eternity apart from one another.  The saddest part of all is the fact that it did not have to end that way.  Those who are lost today can be saved and can go to Heaven if you will only come to Jesus.  It will be sad!
  • It Will Be A Satisfying Event– Paul says that “the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”  Think about that! Cancer, heart disease, old age, and dozens of others diseases have been claiming our loved ones since the dawn of time.  God says there is coming a day when those who died in faith “shall be raised incorruptible.”  That is, they may have died with cancer, but they will be raised with a body that is cancer proof!  They may have died of old age, but they will get up in a body that cannot age.  They may have died of heart disease, but they will rise with a body that is disease and death proof! That ought to make a backslid Baptist take an aisle-running, slobber-slinging, Holy Ghost shouting fit!  Your loved ones are not gone!  Jesus will bring them back, glorify their bodies and you will see them again some day!  Hallelujah!

Then Paul says “and we shall be changed”!  That word “change” means “to cause one thing to cease and another to take its place.”  This old life and this old body are going to be changed instantly.  One minute we will be here, the next we will be there!  One minute we will be in these vile, sinful, dying bodies and the next we will be just like Jesus! Verse 53 says that we are going to “put on” a new body and a new life.  The words “put on” refer to “putting on clothing.”  One of these days, our redeemed spirits will dress up in a redeemed body!

The last sound these earthly ears will ever hear will be the sound of His trumpet calling us up to meet Him!  You know what I say? I say, “Hallelujah!”  I say, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”  You see, I can’t go like I am, so He is going to make me like I ought to be.

 

  1. We Are Encouraged To Be Firm– We are called upon to make up our minds to take a stand for the Lord.  We are to be “steadfast”.  This word means “to sit or to be sedentary.”  It carries the idea of “dead weight” or of being hard to budge.  We are to be “unmovable”. This word speaks of something “that cannot be moved from its place.”  That’s what we are to be!  We are to take our stand for Jesus; live our lives for Him and refuse to move.  We have a purpose.  We have something to live for!  We have a reason to take a stand and we are encouraged to do so!
  2. We Are Encouraged To Be Fruitful– We are to “abound” in “His work.”  How can we do that?  We can do that by learning two valuable lessons.  First, we need to learn that it is His work!  It is not our duty to make it go and to try and guarantee success.  It is His work and He will see to it.  Second, If we are to abound in His work, then we learn to let Him live through us.  This means that we must die to self, Gal. [2:20] and we must learn to abide in Jesus so His life can flow through us, John 15:5.  As we yield to Him, He will live through us, He will be glorified and His work will be done.
  3. We Are Encouraged To Be Faithful– Paul is saying that a life lived for Jesus is a life worth living!  In the end, your faith in Christ will be vindicated and your faith will be validated.  There will be a resurrection day, a reunion day and a reward day.  They will come to all of God’s people.  So, stay true to Him and be faithful!  This life pays off now, but it pays big dividends in the end.  You might even say that our retirement package is out of this world!